We understand the science; we follow the health guidelines prescribed by the government and global health agencies. Yet, we acknowledge that self-isolation is a brand new behavior to adapt to, given our highly social and collaborative culture. Keeping this in mind, we listed down a few guidelines on how seniors can productively alter their daily lives and stay safe at the same time.
When your body is healthy, you tend to be able to fight off infections faster and better. Thus, to protect yourself from the novel corona virus, ensure you strengthen your immune system by eating right. Watch your diet and ensure your body is getting the right amount of minerals and vitamins. Stay away from processed food, and drink lots of water to keep your body hydrated.
The best way to keep the virus at bay is to practice good hygiene.
Ensure you follow the below instructions:
- Wash your hands and fingers regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (60% and over). Note: ensure you buy the sanitizer from a proper medical store.
- Throw used tissues in the dust-bin.
- Wash used hand napkins regularly.
- Clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces like table, desks, door handles, switches, countertops, phones, etc
- Cover your mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Wear a mask when you are around other people (e.g., while sharing a room or while in a car)
- Wear clean clothes.
3. Stay Indoors – Practice Social Distancing
Stay indoors and avoid too many guests at home to prevent the spread of the virus. Ensure you have enough supplies [food and medication] in the house that can last for at least 2-3 weeks, or maybe more. For daily essentials like milk or bread etc, you can ask one of your younger family members to pick it up for you. Moreover, you can use the medicine and grocery delivery services, to further protect yourself from the viral infection.
4. Activities and Games to Take Up at Home
If you are starting to feel the effects of being confined at home, try these suggestions:
- Spend quality time with your family members and grandchildren. If you are staying alone - schedule video calls to connect with your loved ones.
- Play your favorite games online.
- Engage yourself in activities like baking, gardening, knitting, painting, reading, etc
- Watch your favorite movies – discover OTT platforms (like Hotstar, Amazon Prime, Netflix) – or simply browse YouTube for a variety of video content.
- Listen to music and discover new genres
- Exercise of any kind helps boost and support the immune system. You can even practice yoga and meditation to manage anxiety and stress. YouTube has several videos on the subject.
In short, make time for tasks that you are fond of – it will help you stay happy and fight boredom.
5. Don’t Panic – Keep Helpline Numbers Handy
Be aware, stay calm and don’t panic. Keep your doctor’s number and the government helpline (toll-free) number handy (+91-11-23978046 and 1075).
However, if you have a history of anxiety, get additional help. Health experts recommend talking to a professional who can further help you deal with your fears.
Health experts have emphasized that the best way to prevent corona illness is to avoid exposure. So, ensure you take basic precautions — not just to protect yourself but to protect your near and loved ones as well.
Remember, this too shall pass. Stay strong and follow the basic guidelines and support the government authorities and health officials to fight the virus faster - for a better tomorrow.
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